Bessie’s Hope

Primary Care Area: Senior Services
(303) 830-9037

What We Do...

Lives are changed for nursing home elders and at-risk youth through structured, ongoing, relationship-building intergenerational group visits.

In the details...

Sixty percent of nursing home elders receive no personal visitors. Bessie's Hope impacts this alarming statistic through volunteer programs that train and work with youth groups, families, individuals, and adult groups. The at-risk youth who participate benefit significantly, because they gain respect for self and others, and they feel needed and valued. They often leave their ruts of hopelessness and turn toward a brighter future as compassionate, responsible adults. An 18-yr old young man, who participated for 2 years through the residential treatment center into which he was court ordered, stated, "I grew up in violence, and I thought violence was part of life. Bessie's Hope helped me find the true me inside -- a kinder me." His life was not just enriched, but actually saved through participation in Bessie's Hope and the relationships with the elders.

Make An Impact...

sponsor one youth and one elder for their regular visits

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sponsor 2 youth and 2 elders for their regular visits

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sponsor 6 youth and 6 elders for their regular visits

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Bessie’s Hope